The Fiji Football Association has analysed close to 400 applications
for assistance from players and officials during its COVID-19 and TC
Harold survey.

Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel confirmed that they had gone through each application thoroughly.

“We have analysed the applications. There are some extreme cases
whereby football seemed to be the only form of income earned while there
are many other moderate cases,” Patel said.

“Our team has worked hard to survey and see the extent of the effect
of COVID-19 and STC Harold on football players and officials in the
country,”

 “I believe Fiji FA has a duty and responsibility to reach out and
assist the needs of the football family who are affected by the current
health crisis and by Tropical Cyclone Harold that recently had a major
impact in Fiji,” said Patel

“We understand that each district association will face their own
unique challenges and we want to do everything necessary to provide them
with support.”

Patel said Fiji FA was fortunate to apply for the funding approved by OFC Solidarity Fund.

“We will submit our application the OFC and FFA for the fund and I
urge those who have filled their application to be patience and we will
get back to them soon.

The OFC Solidarity Fund has been developed in order to support staff,
volunteers, players, coaches, referees and the wider football community
across Oceania during this difficult time.

The grant, which is part of the OFC FIFA FORWARD funding, has been
designed to cover four key areas, including food and hygiene packets,
loss of income, medical allowances and self-isolation costs.

In addition, the OFC Solidarity Fund will also provide assistance to those countries that were directly affected by the Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Harold during this pandemic.

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